Posted in Reflections, Religion

Reflection: The Marriage Bond as a Covenant

St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Williamsport, PA
Next week, hubby and I celebrate 9 years of marriage! It’s such a wonderful accomplishment! I have been 1/2 of “us” for 1/3 of my life.

The scriptures are very clear on the fact that the day we were married, single life ended. It’s no longer me + him. It’s US because we became “one flesh” (see Genesis 2:23-24 and Matthew 19:4-6). This is a lasting bond, not one that should be severed.

We are also no longer living for ourself. In our marriage we should serve our partner, as Jesus Christ served us.

In much the same way that we carry the mantle of Christ on our shoulders at baptism, through the covenant of marriage, we strive to live for our spouse through marriage. As we come to become partners, we build lives that uplift and sustain the other person.

I have been so blessed to have this with my husband. I know my sacrifices have been met with his efforts to help me. And, I wouldn’t want it any other way.

21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

— Ephesians 5:21-33





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